A 75-year-old California woman had the surprise of her life when she picked up a Bible from a used book store. It wasn't the words printed on the book's pages that brought her to tears, but a note she found inside written in her own hand 65 years earlier.
"I call my it my OMG story," KCAL-TV reported Marion Shurtleff saying.
Marion Shurtleff found an essay she had written decades ago inside a used Bible she recently bought. (Image: CBSLA screenshot)
Shurtleff had the Bible for a couple months and didn't look closely at the yellow note inside it right away.
“And then I opened it up, and instantly I saw my name,” she told the outlet. “I recognized my handwriting. I hollered. I started shaking. I cried. I had goose bumps.”
The letter was written by her 10-year-old self when she was working to earn her merit badge for Girl Scouts, still living in Covington, Kentucky, which is more than 2,000 miles from where Shurtleff lives now.
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Among other things, the letter said “Be kind to animals. Do not pick flowers. Don’t walk on the grass.”
Now, Shurtleff told KCAL she is trying to track down the Bible's previous owners.
“I want to try and find the person who had the Bible. Who would keep this? Why? It’s just a big ‘Why.'"
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